Nibs & Sips

Recall from California’s Taylor Farms Pacific

May 5, 2011

The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today that Taylor Farms Pacific of Tracy, California and the USDA notified Six L’s, its tomato supplier, that some of their grape tomatoes and salad products in which they were included are being recalled because they may be contaminated with Salmonella.  Beware: This is a Class I [...]

In trouble in Puerto Rico; Midwest Foodways Alliance explores Great Depression foods; food cautions

April 29, 2011

The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and the U.S. Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico announced the indictment of Filiberto Berrios, 52, of Guaynabo, Puerto Rico on four counts of adulteration, transport, distribution and saled of adulterated meat and poultry products and issued a warrant for his arrest.  Apparently Berrios was a [...]

Chicken and Pork Recall 03/03/11

March 3, 2011

Taylor Farms Pacific has recalled 64,000 pounds of chicken and pork products because the broccoli used in these products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes according to the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. Some of these chicken and pork products are sold under the Raley’s or Sysco labels, ranging from pasta dishes to broccoli crunch salad [...]

Food Recalls Update

March 2, 2011

Recalls:  Here we only report “Class I Recalls,” those determined to be “High” national risk. Petit Jean Farm of Morrilton, Arkansas has recalled loads of meat and poultry products processed without federal inspection. Check sources of your lamb, beef, pork and bacon products.

California to outlaw Shark Fin Soup?; Republicans want to cut funds for salmon and smelt restoration

February 17, 2011

Shark fin soup:             California State Assemblyman Jared Huffman (Dem-Marin & Sonoma counties) and Assemblyman Paul Fong (Dem-Cupertino) have introduced a bill in the California Legislature that would ban the sale and distribution of shark fins for consumption in soup.              Proponents say sharks are being caught and de-finned and then released into the ocean [...]

Super Bowl of Food; Hot Sauce Punishment; New eating guidelines

February 1, 2011

Next Sunday’s Super Bowl of Football may turn into a Super Food Bowl as well. Did you know that the Green Bay Packers were named for a meat packing company? Pennsylvania has a $5.1 billion snack food industry, to say nothing of Hershey’s former self. One of Green Bay’s microbrews is a Pizza Beer. Pittsburgh, [...]

Secret mercury in fish study; Tearooms hot and steamy; Toxic waste Nuclear Sludge is just that; Chick-fil-A anti gay? USDA approves Roundup resistant alfalfa

January 30, 2011

Kathleen Thompson Hill Secret tests of store bought tuna and swordfish in San Francisco Bay Area grocery stores and sushi restaurants showed frighteningly high levels of toxic mercury in the fish. The lowest levels of mercury were found in fish at some Safeways and Trader Joe’s, while highest rates were discovered in fish at two [...]

“Frankenfish; German farms’ toxic woes; “Healthy” food vendors approach schools

January 16, 2011

Frankenfish: California State Assemblyman Jared Huffman recently introduced Assembly Bill 88 to require that all genetically engineered salmon/eel/etc. to be sold in California should be labeled as such. If approved for consumption by the FDA, the “Frankenfish” (I call it Salmeel), a slimy orange cross-breed of salmon, eel and other fish, would be “the first [...]

December 2010

December 17, 2010

Credit card use is up again in restaurants, but check amounts are down, probably meaning more people are going out, but spending less and charging it. A&P, the super big supermarket chain that owns A&Ps, Pathmark and Food Emporium grocery stores, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Apparently its 2007 purchase of debt ridden Pathmark [...]

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